Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain

Your nervous system is involved in everything your body does, from regulating your breathing to controlling your muscles and sensing heat and cold. There are three types of nerves in the body:

  • Autonomic nerves – These nerves control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of your body, including heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and temperature regulation.
  • Motor nerves – These nerves control your movements and actions by passing information from your brain and spinal cord to your muscles.
  • Sensory nerves – These nerves relay information from your skin and muscles back to your spinal cord and brain. The information is then processed to let you feel pain and other sensations.

Neuropathic pain, also known as nerve pain, is caused by damage to the nerve. More than 50 medical conditions, drugs, and toxins are known to cause nerve damage, including autoimmune disease, injury, cancer, diabetes, medication side effects, motor neuron disease, infectious disease, or nutritional deficiency.

Once a nerve is damaged, it is more likely to start behaving abnormally. It may become quiet and send no information, which causes numbness. Or it may send excessive and inappropriate pain messages. Simple touching can cause nerve pain, and pain may be constant even when there’s no stimulation. Often, nerve pain is worst at night, interfering with sleep. This can compound the problem, because people need adequate sleep in order to cope with pain.

Symptoms of Nerve Related Pain:
  • Pain
  • Sensitivity
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or prickling
  • Burning
  • Problems with positional awareness


Treatments for Nerve Related Pain:

  • Medication Management
  • Pain Pump
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Surgery

Tips for Managing Nerve Related Pain:

  • Create an interdisciplinary pain team
  • Exercise regularly
  • Examine your feet daily, wear comfortable shoes, and see a podiatrist regularly (if you have nerve pain in your feet)
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Meditate
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